My Networked Media class has come to a close. I enjoyed it very much am am grateful for the experience. Shawn van Every is a great professor who who taught us a lot about building websites with node.js and express.
My final project is currently hosted on Digital Ocean and uses a new subdomain I created, apps.ixora.io. [Update: the project has been moved to quickdraw.ixora.io] I intend to use this domain to permanently host this project and other projects I create in the future.
My final project is a continuation of my midterm project. I achieved my goals of building an easy to use interface for qualitatively exploring the drawings. You can find it here: https://quickdraw.ixora.io/. The source code is available on github. [Update: the new source code is available at https://github.com/hx2A/network-media-google-quickdraw-redux.]
I put a lot of work into organizing the code in a way that scaled and matched the best practices of node developers. There are still some issues in that area and I will continue to improve it so my next project will have less frustrations. I am also going to work on the front-end to learn more about css and user interface design.
There's still more to learn about these pictures. The most exciting thing about it is that there are so many more hidden gems to discover in this dataset. I'd like to use data science techniques to explore the similarities and differences between countries. Allison Parrish told me about some work done by other researchers on this dataset that I will learn from and build off of. They seem to involve tensorflow which I've been wanting to learn about anyway. I have time to devote to this between now and the fall semester.
And finally, my favorite drawing. I may use this as my Facebook profile picture.